How ISO 27002 Prepares You for Cybersecurity Certifications

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June 2023

ISO 27002 is a powerful tool to demonstrate your information security commitments to customers, investors and regulators. Because it focuses on the development and maintenance of a strong information security management system (ISMS), this certification prepares you to achieve other cybersecurity certifications, both by driving you to collect your policies into a single system and by pushing you to implement controls that overlap with those found in SOC 2, NIST CSF and NIST 800-53. 

ISO 27002 provides users with best practices for implementing the ISO 27001 cybersecurity framework: Where ISO 27001 provides controls for the planning and implementation of an ISMS, ISO 27002 provides guidance for implementing those policies. For this reason, it’s best to read 27002 as a companion to 27001, turning from each of the fourteen control sets laid out in the first document to the expanded instructions in the other. 

Additionally, ISO 27002 is a powerful tool for achieving future cybersecurity certifications because of the following overlaps between ISO 27002 and other frameworks: 

  • ISO 27001/2 contains a subset of the controls found in NIST 800-53. 
  • NIST CSF shares controls found in ISO 27001/2. 
  • ISO 27001/2 has a major overlap with SOC 2, meaning achieving one gets an organization halfway to the other 

If implementing an ISMS helps you achieve other certifications by helping you organize your data, then ISO 27002 has the more particular benefit of sharing controls with many major certifications and frameworks. Once you’ve used ISO 27002 to build out your ISMS, you can quickly map framework controls to your existing policies to quickly and easily identify the work that needs to be done before you can achieve further certifications. 

One platform that makes it easier than ever to implement ISO 27002 and build out an ISMS is ProcessUnity for Cybersecurity Risk Management. With pre-mapped data and automated evidence collection, this platform helps your team prove compliance quickly and continue to improve your program. 

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